other book was only okay, as it had a lot of the problems that typically plague a debut, but the premise of this one was intriguing enough that I definitely wanted to see how the author improved-- which she did! So, so much. Like, this is the work of an established author who feels comfortable in her writing skin. It's a fully fleshed-out story with a strong protagonist, good pacing, and lots of suspense.
Zara is a Pakistani girl living in Texas. Her father is a physician with a work visa and they're waiting on their green cards. But the whole process might end up compromised when Zara becomes the target of vicious bullying from a school bigot. In addition to that, she's also trying to navigate her new relationship with a girl named Chloe, and the consequences of a ruthless act of discrimination that totally disrupts her family's life and her own dreams.
I loved the interactions between Zara and her friends, Zara and her girlfriend, and Zara and her family. I loved the unequivocal love between her and her parents and how they supported Zara in what she wanted. I also thought the author did a great job showing jealousy between friends in a way that isn't super toxic. And the relationship between Zara and Chloe was really cute and I liked all of the open communication and how even though Chloe's parents weren't the most tolerant, they tried to understand.
Definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for diverse sapphic YA!
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars
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